Food Writer

Devra First

Devra First is the Globe’s food writer and restaurant critic. She writes features about the world of food, restaurant reviews, and critical pieces exploring the cultural and societal meaning of food and restaurants.

First has worked at the Globe as a writer and editor since 2000. She was previously the Globe’s food editor. She has also served as assistant arts editor in the Globe’s Living/Arts department and worked at the Boston Phoenix (RIP). First is originally from New York.

Latest stories

What She’s Having

Putting politics aside in the name of chicken

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Devra First tried the famed original Chick-fil-A sandwich for the first time, with a side of mixed feelings.

Scores of Cambridge restaurants paid six figures for a liquor license. Others got them for free

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For years, the Cambridge License Commission has followed an unpredictable pattern in which some restaurant and bar owners are required to pay hundreds of thousands, while others get theirs for free.

Quick Bite

With Better Bagels, the Seaport gets a schmear

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Would you like yours with egg and cheese, lox, or chipotle turkey?

From coat check to kitchen, Boston restaurants are rife with sexual harassment

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Interviews with more than two dozen industry members reveal just how pervasive the problem is.